Arches Gone Wild!

Today’s post features a detail photo of some of the stone work in the Cathedral in Seville, Spain. Why “Wild” in the title? As you will see in Monday’s post, the Roman arch was round and utilitarian. A thousand years later someone in western Europe decided to enhance the look a little. And the so-called “Gothic” arch was invented. It’s main feature is that it is somewhat pointed at the top. The other feature is that medieval stone masons, without the benefit of sophisticated math and computer modeling, were able to make whole ceilings out of arched stone. And while they were at it, the dressed up the stone with elaborate carvings.

The carvings add nothing structural to the arch. But they do look nice!

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